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Mace Training- has anyone tried anything like it?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 17, 2013 at 11:28 PM

The recent question on the Centurion Method reminded me of the time I was reading the Shahnameh. The Shahnameh is a Persian epic poem and is so long that, no I didn't actually read the whole thing, but only really long excerpts it.

Anyway, folks really liked to smash people to bits with large maces back in the day, which leads me to ask, how did they train for it? Did they give little junior a little tyke mace? What did a little head basher get to bash while training?

Anyway, this led me to think it would be cool to experiment with various lengths/weights of mace-like instruments, and some sort of flat surface about shoulder high that could absorb the impact. Wouldn't the overhand swing and the impact help improve shoulder strength? Couldn't I get that hunter-gather physique a little easier? They would have known about bashing people over the head, but they'd think I was crazy if they saw a modern shoulder workout.

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He must not have a murderous bone in his body. His exercises are all named after domestic activities. There's no 'bashing people over the head', or spear throwing, or archery practice. He's taken the basic primal idea and wrapped in an a glove of respectability.

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on January 17, 2013
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There is a guy over Mark's Daily Apple Forums who is really into hammer training.

That thread is here: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread7086.html

He calls Shovelglove: http://www.urbanprimalist.com/id3.html

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on January 18, 2013
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He must not have a murderous bone in his body. His exercises are all named after domestic activities. There's no 'bashing people over the head', or spear throwing, or archery practice. He's taken the basic primal idea and wrapped in an a glove of respectability.

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